Leinster top two face decisive weekend clash

Keen interest from Spain as Irish squad set to take on their hosts

The Irish squad are enjoying kinder temperatures in Terrassa, where they’ll play four matches against hosts Spain. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Irish squad are enjoying kinder temperatures in Terrassa, where they’ll play four matches against hosts Spain. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

 

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A win for UCD at St Andrew’s would put them nine points clear of Hermes and more than on course to retain their title. A defeat might just open up the race again and give some hope to Loreto and Railway Union, in third and fourth.

Hermes haven’t looked back since losing by a single goal to the students in their second game of the season in October, winning eight and drawing one of their next nine games, but the depth of both squads will be tested tomorrow in the absence of so many of their leading players.

Loreto will hope to take advantage of the St Andrew’s result, whatever it might be, but they have a testing enough tie against fifth-placed Old Alexandra at Beaufort. Railway, meanwhile, are at home to Corinthian.

There’s a top-of-the-table clash in Ulster too this weekend, Ards taking on Pegasus who can move within a point of the leaders, with a game in hand, if they prevail.